Portrait of Harry Houdini — Public Domain Photo

Born as Erik Weisz on March 24, 1874, in Budapest, Hungary, Harry Houdini would go on to become one of the world’s most famous illusionists, best known for his daring escape acts.

The Weisz family arrived in the United States on July 3, 1878, on the SS Fresia and shortly thereafter moved to Appleton, Wisconsin. His father was a Rabbi at the Zion Reform Jewish Congregation, and after losing his job, the family moved to Milwaukee and eventually to New York City.

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William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody, a soldier, hunter, and showman, was born on February 26, 1846, in LeClaire, Iowa. He became one of the most famous persons of the Old West through his Wild West shows.

After the death of his father, young Bill Cody at age 11 acquired his first job as a driver on west-bound wagon trains and later becoming a rider for the Pony Express at age 15. During his early teen years, Buffalo Bill would go on to become a successful horse wrangler, hunter, and Indian fighter.

New Zealand is an island yielding natural beauty with vast patches of sloping meadows rich in green earth, steaming geysers, soaring mountains, deep fiords, and a coastline of beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see.

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Often seen in the shadow of its neighboring big brother, Australia, New Zealand offers an experience not found anywhere else on earth. New Zealand is a former British colony, having gained full statutory independence in 1947. …

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In 1873, two towns — Buda and Pest situated on the opposite sides of the Danube River merged together to form a new city. That new city would be called Budapest, Queen of the Danube.

Established about 900 AD by a powerful faction from Central Asia, the Magyar stronghold of Budapest became the mecca of the Hungarian Empire. It was strong enough to hold off the reckless blundering by the Nazis, Ottomans, and Habsburgs. Today, the Hungarian capital is a city of cultural contrast which sets it apart from its Slavic and Germanic neighbors.

Old Budapest

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Have you ever wanted something so bad that it feels like a craving or an obsession? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. We have no satisfaction until we have gotten whatever we seek in life. And once we have what we crave for, what happens next? Are we really satisfied or do we once again discover that our hunger for more has moved on to bigger and better things?

There’s an old phrase that says “be careful what you wish for”, a phrase that is centered on fear. …

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Legends and myths have the means to become real if taken out of context. This is especially true of the civilizations that created them. One such belief is of the presence of wild beasts in the form of men that roamed England in medieval times.

Stories of these wild people also called the “wodewose” have been the heart of English literature. The word wodewose is derived from the Anglo-Saxon term wudawusa, which meant wood-dweller.

Even though the wodewose were suggested to have lived in the region prior to the 15th century, rumor regarding the wodewose spread throughout England during the…

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Mystical dragons have played an important role in folklore since pre-historic times. The history of these mystical dragons dates back to at least 3000 BCE.

In practically every civilization, and all throughout history, there are legends of these mythical creatures identified as dragons. Many people have their own theories of why so many civilizations developed such a longstanding belief in dragons.

Some people known as dragonologists (the study of dragons) believe that dragons were at one time dinosaurs roaming the earth. Many of the bones dug up during the early period were thought to be from dragons, which were later…

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Valentine’s Day is one of the most popular days of the year. For many people, both young and old, it’s a day with a tradition that dates back to 496 A.D. first declared by Pope Gelasius.

February 14th is a day when flowers, cards, candy, and love letters are shared and send to first-time lovers and people that have been in a long-term relationship. It’s a day when people show their love and caring for each other whether at home or a special restaurant having a candlelight dinner.

But have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day began and the story…

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Centuries of modernization and the introduction of the industrial revolution have affected the environment in which we now live in. Climate change has become a hot topic among scientists, politicians, and educators.

With the advancement in science and having access to new resources, scientists now have the opportunity to study the environment in many different ways. One location currently being studied is the Great Lakes region. …

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With a population of less than 100,000, Schwerin is the tiniest state capital in Germany. But it makes up for its small size with its picture-perfect location surrounded by several lakes among them Lake Schwerin, home to the magnificent Schwerin Castle. A few years later the city witnessed the completion of its first cathedral, the only medieval structure to have withstood the elements throughout the centuries. Soon afterward, the city’s first cathedral had to be demolished to make room for more infrastructure. It’s ironic that the tower was spared.

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